Click and Clack say 35 mpg limit is just right for new CAFE standards - and rip the industry a few new ones

Even if you don't like cars, you can enjoy the NPR show Car Talk. And, even if you're not too familiar with the ins and outs of the upcoming CAFE legislation, you can listen to Car Talk's Click and Clack (Tom and Ray Magliozzi) and understand that they're in favor of more fuel-efficient cars.

But who am I kidding? If you're reading AutoblogGreen, you probably know all about CAFE and cars and Click and Clack. Today, the Tappet Brothers sent a letter to Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), the Chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, that is in strong support of the 35 mpg CAFE standards, instead of the 32 mpg level (which would take longer). They also make a lot of fun of people in the auto industry who seem to play Henny Penny whenever legislators talk about forcing them to make cleaner cars. Key line: "Every single time they've resisted safety, environmental, of fuel economy regulations, auto industry predictions have turned out, in retrospect, to be fear-mongering bull-feathers." You can read the full letter here (in PDF).

Markey is receptive to the call. He said that, "As any listener knows, Tom and Ray are where common sense begins when it comes to cars, and when they say reaching 35 miles per gallon is feasible and the smart play for the American auto industry, people should listen. Automakers should stop acting like they're playing the Tappet Brothers' game, 'Stump the Chumps,' and start supporting higher fuel economy standards in Congress' energy bill."

[Source:, thanks to reader JS]

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